'''Man or Astro-man?''' is a surf rock
group that formed in Auburn, Alabama
, in the early 1990s and came to prominence over the following decade.
Primarily instrumental rock|instrumental
, Man or Astro-man? blended the surf rock
style of the early 1960s like that of Dick Dale
and The Spotnicks
with the new wave music|new wave
and punk rock
sounds of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Man or Astro-man? was known for their anachronism|anachronistic
dedication to List of science fiction themes|science fiction themes
, Sampling (music)|audio samples
, obscure electronic devices (such as theremins
and tesla coil
s), and high-energy live performances. Their earlier albums like ''Is It ... Man or Astroman?
'' and ''Destroy All Astromen!
'' were known for their traditional surf rock instrumentation and sci-fi sound bite song introductions, but their later albums like ''EEVIAC Operational...